Global foodservice company Sodexo has committed to working with U.S. suppliers to source only slower-growing broiler chickens in its supply chain by 2024.
The company, in cooperation with animal rights group Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced in a press release the changes to its broiler supply chain it will make over the next eight years through 2024.
Sodexo stated that it will reach the following goals for 100 percent of the chicken it sources:
- Transitioning to strains of chicken that measurably improve welfare issues associated with fast growth rates per Global Animal Partnership's (GAP) standards.
- Reducing maximum stocking density to equal to/less than 6 lbs./sq. ft. per GAP standards.
- Providing chickens with enriched environments including natural light, hay bales, litter, perches and lighting that meet GAP standards.
- Rendering chickens unconscious prior to shackling using a multi-step controlled atmosphere processing system that's widely hailed as more humane.
- Providing details on compliance by a third party auditor.
The latest pledge from Sodexo follows earlier announced plans to source only cage-free eggs in its United States operations by the end of 2020 and to only source pork products from pigs raised on farms that do not use gestation stalls by 2022.